John Stainer

Our school day

Our gates open at 8:45 and the doors open for children at 9:00.

Children are expected to line up according to class in their pre-assigned area until the bell goes at 9:00 when they will make their way to their classrooms.

Children who arrive after the bell and when the doors closed, will be late. They should make their way to the main office where they will be registered by a member of the Pupil Welfare Team.

Learning ends at 3.15 p.m. and children pack up and collect their coats and bags at this time. Parents should enter the school through one of the three gates to collect their children in the playground.

We strongly encourage punctuality as your children’s learning is affected by continual lateness. The school uses an electronic register to register children’s attendance in the morning and afternoon. This will be done in the classroom as soon after the children enter the classroom and is sent electronically to the office.

Anyone arriving after the register has been taken will be marked as late.

By September 2023, all mainstream schools will be expected to provide a compulsory week of at least 32.5 hours. Plans are underway to introduce this in the new school year. The day will run from 9:00 - 3:30. 

Group / Phase


Breakfast Club

8:00 am to 8:55am

Nursery morning

9.00am to 12.00pm

Nursery full time

9.00am to 3:15pm

Reception, KS1 and KS2

9.00am to 3:15pm

After School Club

3:15pm to 6:00 pm

Late collection - Please note that there is a late fee of £5 charged for every 15 minutes for children collected after 3.30pm. Please see late fees for afterschool club as they differ. 

Emergency closure policy

If for any reason we have to close the school as an emergency, a text message will be sent to parents and a notice will be posted on the website saying the school is closed. We do not make this decision lightly as we realise how disruptive it is for children and parents. The decision is made by the headteacher to close the school and the Local Authority are informed. This has happened (very infrequently) in the past, mainly because of the snow stopping transport systems, which affects staff being able to get to school, if the water supply across the school is cut off or due to lack of heating.

In the event of a planned strike where we do not have enough staff to cover classes, then generally we are able to give you some advance warning.

We strongly suggest having a contingency plan agreed with friends or family about what to do in the event of a school closure, to help keep disruption to a minimum.